flounder

flounder(
flaun
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duhr
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (animal)
a. la platija
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Flounder and whiting are the most common fish in these waters.La platija y la pescadilla son los peces más comunes en estas aguas.
2. (culinary)
a. la platija
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
We had flounder fried in olive oil with herbs.Comimos platija frita en aceite de oliva con hierbas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (to struggle physically)
a. debatirse
Our troops, who were floundering in the mud, presented an easy target for the enemy.Nuestras tropas, que se debatían en el barro, eran un blanco fácil para el enemigo.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
People who had jumped overboard when the fire broke out were floundering in the water.La gente que había saltado por la borda cuando se inició el incendio luchaba por mantenerse a flote en el agua.
The dog floundered through the mud attempting to find his master in the dark night.El perro avanzaba con dificultad resbalando por el barro tratando de encontrar a su amo en la noche oscura.
4. (when speaking)
a. quedarse sin saber qué decir
When the minister was asked to explain the figures, she floundered.Cuando se le pidió a la ministra explicar las cifras, se quedó sin saber qué decir.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to experience problems)
a. debatirse
The country has been floundering in recession for over two years.El país se ha estado debatiendo en la recesión desde hace más de dos años.
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flounder
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (fish)
a. la platija
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (in water, mud)
a. debatirse
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flounder [ˈflaʊndəʳ]
intransitive verb
1 (also flounder about) (in water, mud etc) (flap arms) debatirse; (splash) revolcarse;
2 (in speech etc) perder el hilo
flounder [ˈflaʊndəʳ]
noun
flounder flounders (fish) platija (f)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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